But isn't almost everybody coming from *somewhere*?  This seems to me a
cost-free change--a win-win...

dblack / wobblini.net wrote:
> Hi --
>
> On Sun, 15 Oct 2006, rpardee / gmail.com wrote:
>
> > I confess I haven't really followed this thread carefully, but--I
> > totally agree on the 'elsif' keyword.  Wouldn't it be possible for ruby
> > to accept *either* spelling?
> >
> > If so, I would definitely advocate it--you don't lose anything for the
> > perlsters, and those of us coming from other languages won't have to
> > deal w/the IMHO surprising spelling.
> >
> > I remember dealing w/this same issue while learning pl/sql.  After
> > staring at my modest program for like 40 minutes looking for the
> > complained-of syntax error, I was bitter bitter bitter when I finally
> > learned that I was expected to mis-spell 'else'...
> >
> > I actually thought ruby did this already--had to write a little script
> > to verify that it doesn't...
>
> When you're using Ruby, it's best just to come from Ruby.  Then you
> don't have to be surprised by things like this, or feel any resentment
> toward Ruby for failing to be C or Java or whatever.  Languages do
> lots of things differently from each other.  Some day they may all
> converge, but that convergences doesn't have to be called Ruby :-)
>
>
> David
>
> --
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